Finding out your child has received a mood disorder diagnosis can be overwhelming. Being equipped with tools, information, and resources will help you find the best treatment options and outcomes for your child.
- Understanding Depression and Bipolar in Children and Teens
- Conversations with Care: Talking with Loved Ones about Their Diagnosis
- Finding Your Treatment Team
- How Your Child’s Diagnosis Affects Your Family
- Balanced Mind Parent Network
- Support for Parents and Caregivers
- Working With Educators
- Taking Good Care of Yourself
- Safety and Crisis Planning
- More Resources for Families
Introduction to Caregiving
Being a parent or a caregiver to a young person can be both rewarding and challenging. Caregiving can become even more challenging if you find out your child has received a mood disorder diagnosis. At DBSA, we know that children who live with a mood disorder diagnosis have the potential to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. For caregivers who are supporting young people with a mental health condition, being equipped with tools, information, and resources will assist you in finding the best way to help your young person and care for yourself throughout the process. The resources in this section will guide you through understanding how to talk to your young person about mental health conditions, provide helpful tips on finding a treatment team, and working with educators, as well as information on planning for safety. This section will also review the very important topic of self-care for caregivers.